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Indie Lens Pop-Up: Partnering with Communities

ITVS filmmakers want more than a big audience. They work with local public media stations and other champions to spark conversations.

Connected thousands of emerging and seasoned racial justice leaders through screenings of The Black Panthers in 90 cities.

Featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens, this neighborhood series brings people together for film screenings and locally-driven conversations. Online and in over 90 cities across the U.S.

Partnering with organizations in eight countries, this global campaign uses storytelling to create social change—from increasing girls’ access to education to reducing child marriage and gender-based violence.

Connecting you to new and targeted communities, this digital platform lets you screen your film and lead a conversation, engage with panelists, and answer poll questions from any desktop or mobile device. Over 50,000 attendees and counting.

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From our blog

  1. On A Knife Edge: When One Film Leads To The Next

    December 6, 2017

    From UK to Virginia, ITVS funded filmmakers come from all walks of life, from all parts of the world.  The moment when a filmmaker’s journey across oceans and wild plains takes them to a community fighting to continue the traditions of their ancestors is where bold stories are born. How would that experience forever leave its mark on the filmmakers and how

  2. Strong and Proud: Harvest Season

    November 1, 2017

    From New York City streets to the back roads of rural America, capturing a story sometimes involves embarking on a journey that can take you thousands of miles from home, meeting people along the way and perhaps discovering an America that most people don’t see.  ITVS-funded filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz set himself to tell the story of those people who bring wine

  3. When Being Green is Good: Farewell Ferris Wheel

    October 25, 2017

    A beautiful film is the the desired outcome of all filmmakers, but indie documentary storytellers are presented with unique obstacles that could derail their vision. Perseverance here is key. Whether your film takes two years or 12, if you are green or seasoned, persisting through those struggles takes faith and a certain kind of bold